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Majestic fin whales

Icelandic whalers kill first fin whales in four years

As feared, whale hunters in Iceland have killed at least two fin whales, the first...
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Majority of Icelandic people think whaling harms their country’s reputation

A survey of Icelandic people has confirmed that the majority believe whaling damages Iceland's reputation. ...
A magnificent sei whale © Christopher Swann

Japan Begins Commercial Whaling Season

Sei whale © Christopher Swann Japanese whalers have left port to begin this year's annual...
Humpback whales in Alaska

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We are excited to announce backing for two ground-breaking research projects to assess the little...

Dead orca washes up on Scottish beach

An orca, which could belong to the UK’s only native group or pod of these creatures, has washed up dead on a beach in North Uist, Scotland.

The cause of death has yet to be discovered but pictures of the orca (or killer whale) show no signs of injury from either boat propellers or fishing gear.

A post mortem was recently carried out which will try to establish the cause of death and hopefully identify which population this orca came from. The small group of orcas that are known to live off the west coast of Scotland is under threat and this incident could be a further blow to their future survival.

Reports suggest that there was quite a lot of marine debris in the orca’s stomach such as fish hooks, plastic bags and silage wrap.